Monday, January 21, 2008

A Day to Celebrate God-Given Rights

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

So wrote the Founding Fathers of the United States of America as they formally announced to the world that they would no longer submit to the tyranny of British rule. Since that fateful July 4th, 1776, many men and women have fought bravely to ensure that every American was granted these "unalienable Rights" as vouchsafed in the Declaration of Independence.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and many, many others secured by Divine Providence the basic rights and freedom that we enjoy today.

Abraham Lincoln led the nation at a critical junction in its history as it was divided over the issue of slavery and economics. Again, by the hand of God, America was spared and reconstituted while a very important portion of its population, African-Americans, gained their freedom from the oppression of slavery.

Years and years passed and blacks and women still did not enjoy equal status in this nation where "freedom rings." So the suffragists and the civil rights leaders continued to fight for equality.

First, through the efforts of women like Susan B. Anthony women in America can voice their opinions at the ballot box. Then the struggles of men and women like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks brought and end to segregation.

The efforts of these and countless others brought an end to some institutionalized inequalities but inequality still abounds. One look at just the socio-economic landscape of America reveals great disparity between the rich and the poor.

I dream of a day when we all enjoy similar privileges, the same "unalienable Rights." But I do not think that legislated altruism is the answer. I do not believe that robbing the rich to give to the poor solves the problem.

Each one of us has the responsibility to voluntarily relieve suffering and inequity. The government should not have to mandate kindness and generosity. Instead of heavily taxing their people our government leaders should be leading the way in personal giving.

Instead of expecting a dole each able-bodied American should develop a work ethic and go out and earn a living.

Instead of only fighting the war on terror in foreign lands we need to look inwardly and start fighting in earnest the domestic war against those who would destroy the traditional concepts of family and marriage. To preserve the American way and the future of the United States we need to turn our attention to the war on drugs; the war on gangs; the war on pornography.

I am not a proponent of socialism. I do not espouse communism either. But I cannot agree with the secular, atheistic, and purely materialistic version of capitalism that now reigns supreme in our nation. Because of selfish motives our land becomes more polluted each day. Hardly a thought is given in regards to the future of our children, grand-children, or even our great-grandchildren and beyond.

Jesus Christ said, "The truth shall make you free." The truth is that we do not need more government we need less. We do not need to rape the land and plunder the seas to survive. We do not need to acquiesce to the demands of those who would destroy the institution of marriage and the family as they masquerade as so-called civil rights activists.

No one ever had the right to do wrong, and no one has the right to do wrong now. Wickedness never was happiness, nor is it now. There is no such thing as a “new morality”. Good old fashioned morality and virtue are not out dated. God is a God of love not lust. He is clean and pure and so is His kingdom in heaven and if anyone wants to enter into it he or she had better repent and become clean like God.

Jesus Christ is the only One who offered Himself as a propitiation for sin. Through faith on His Name alone and repentance of our sins we can be completely reformed. By doing so, we can be free from guilt. We can be free from the tyranny of addiction. And we can be free from death and hell.

God did give His children certain unalienable rights. But with those rights He gave us commandments to love and serve Him with all our hearts, minds, might and strength. Through His Son He taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves—that when we serve others we have served Him. He taught us to proclaim peace and renounce war. He has asked us to take care of the earth and its resources. He has commanded us to repent and come unto Him through the incomparable gift of Jesus Christ. If we do, we will have peace and enjoy our rights in this life, and we will have the promise of eternal life in the life to come.

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